Life. Work. Balance. As a coach, you probably discuss this with your clients on a regular basis. One of the biggest issues in coaching is remembering the importance of taking time to provide care for yourself. It’s not hard to identify individuals who show signs of stress from pressures at work and home.
As coaches, we have a desire to help and it can drive us to forget that we need to care for ourselves as well. It is no wonder that many times it can be hard to identify these same signs in ourselves.
De-stress to Achieve Better Coaching & Living Balance
Stress is a major factor for many illnesses. It costs organizations millions of dollars in health related benefits – not to mention family stress from loss of work and financial loss.
There is hope!
With just some simple daily routines and life adjustments you can bring balance back to your life and offer your clients a stress-free well balanced work-life balance.
Start by having your client choose at least one to try out this week. Select one or more for yourself and you’ll see how simple it can be.
- On Your Mark…Stop: Look away from the monitor and observe your surroundings. Notice your breathing. Take in a few deep breaths and let them out slowly. As you breathe out, let your shoulders relax. Take a few more deep breaths and let your jaw relax. Feel the difference as you take this time for you!
- Make A Plan: Have a plan of action to handle interruptions. Email and texting are the biggest source of daily stress, not only the volume, but also the actions that it generates. Resist the temptation to turn away from your project at hand to read and respond. Finishing the project at-hand will allow you to fully focus on those other needs and to quickly prioritize. Schedule particular times during the day to look at your e-mail or texts. Set a time to check them first thing when you get in, again at 10:00, and just before lunch and maybe an hour before the end of your day. To avoid the temptation, turn off your notifications if possible.
- Tired Too Early?: Cut down on caffeine in coffee, tea, and sodas. The momentary caffeine kick won’t last long and before you know it, you are making more trips to the coffee pot or drinking more caffeinated drinks. Buy a water bottle, refill, and drink that during the day. Drinking more water will flush out toxins, pump up your vital organs, and give you more energy. You can always infuse your water with fresh lemons, cucumber, or fruit to give it a nice kick. Another bonus – you will reduce your stress!
- Take a break: Just 15 minutes is enough. Sit with friends and focus conversation on positives you notice. Your digestion will appreciate that more than you think. If possible, take a walk around the block or just sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. You can even use this time for your deep breathing! Spending just 15 minutes a day in the sun increases your levels of vitamin D and increases your overall well-being. You will feel refreshed and be more ready for the afternoon ahead.
- Sneak Away: Not every day of course but if, you can shoot for twice a week. Do you really need to stay? Who will value that half hour more – your clients/employer or your family/yourself? Work is important; however, seeing that look on your family’s face when you are able to give them some extra time is priceless.
Bonus tip: Don’t start that 30 minute job 10 minutes before your scheduled stop time!
Work-life balance has to happen purposefully. It won’t just happen out of thin air – you have to commit. And you become a great example to your clients and become a better coach!
Spending more time with our families pays off with big dividends; less stress, improved relationships with spouse and children, time for parents or friends, renewing interests in hobbies just to name a few.
Having work-life balance is important to both our employers and our families. If you or your clients are experiencing high stress, then consider a few of these tips. Set an example – if you’re going to talk the talk then …you know.